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Microsoft using Linux drivers to boost server share
Written by Gizmo   
Tuesday, 28 July 2009 10:34

By Barbara Darrow, Senior News Director, and Leah Rosin, Site Editor,

If there is one major beneficiary of Microsoft's decision to submit device driver code to the Linux community, it's Microsoft itself, IT pros and solution providers said.

Microsoft on Monday released 20,000 lines of code, including three Linux device drivers, to make it easier to run Linux on Microsoft Hyper-V as a guest operating system. The company released the code under the General Public License, version 2 (GPLv2).

Microsoft is using Linux to help its cause in the Hyper-V vs. VMware server virtualization market battle, VARs said.

"Microsoft only does things that benefit Microsoft," said Frank Basanta, director of technology for Systems Solutions, a New York City-based solution provider with Linux expertise. "They don't do things for me and you, so you can bet this is good for them."


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